SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco closed out its home slate in come-from-behind fashion Monday afternoon, besting Cal Poly 4-3 at The Olympic Club.
With the victory, USF stands at 10-12 on the year, and finishes with a 4-5 home record. The Mustangs fall to 7-11 and are in the midst of a three-match slide after the defeat at the hands of the Dons. USF is now 10-6 in non-conference action.
Despite a solid win for top pair Bernardo Saraiva and Nils Skajaa, USF fell behind early in the match, dropping the doubles point to Cal Poly. The Dons found themselves in a 2-0 hole after Cal Poly's Matt Thompson picked up a straight-set win at No. 5 singles to widen the gap.
The Dons rallied back with wins from Saraiva and Skajaa in their singles matches to knot the score. Saraiva, a junior from Lisbon, Portugal, picked up his team-leading 15th win. For Skajaa, a sophomore from Odder, Denmark, the win was his sixth in the spring from the No. 2 position.
The Dons picked up their third point of the match off the gutty play from Timothy Tan. A freshman from San Jose, Calif., Tan found himself in an early hole after falling 6-2 to Naveen Beasley in the first set. He rebounded with a 6-1 win in the second to force a decisive third set. After faltering early in the frame, Tan regrouped to take the set 6-3 and give USF its first lead of the day.
James Tallman, a redshirt junior from Del Paso Heights, Calif., downed Jurgen De Jager, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(7), as the Dons sealed the victory.